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Fall 2017-2018
* SLA 219 / RES 219 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky: Introduction to the Great Russian Novel

Michael A. Wachtel

A study in English of masterpieces of Russian literature from the late eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. The focus of the course is on close readings of individual works. At the same time, we will pay close attention to the way a distinctively Russian national tradition is created, in which writers consciously respond to the works of their predecessors. No previous knowledge of Russian language, history, or culture is expected.

Sample reading list:
Pushkin, Eugene Onegin
Pushkin, "Queen of Spades"; "Bronze Horseman"
Lermontov, A Hero of Our Time
Gogol, Petersburg Tales; Dead Souls
Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground
Dostoevsky, Crime & Punishment

Reading/Writing assignments:
One short paper (about 5 pages), one longer paper (10-12 pages).

Requirements/Grading:
Quizzes - 15%
Papers - 60%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Knowledge of Russian not required..

Other information:
Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21338 L01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T Th   Jones Hall   100   Enrolled:16 Limit:36
21339 P01 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   Jones Hall   100   Enrolled:9 Limit:12
21340 P02 11:00 am - 11:50 am F   East Pyne Building   245   Enrolled:7 Limit:11